Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"She has an algebra 2 test tomorrow and she wanted to go over the review packet. The material is on logs/exponents (solving, simplifying, expanding/condensing), change of base equations, and properties of exponents. She has a solid understanding of the material, she just needs to build her confidence in her knowledge. There were times when we start an equation and her initial response was to say she didn't know what to do, but after we talked through the concepts being tested, she almost always knew what to do."
"We went over vector fields today. Though seemingly easy, we had to discuss some complexities when the problems got a little difficult. We then worked on determining the original functions for vector fields. We made progress, but he is going to his professor to finish figuring these problems out."
"Today the student and I covered Lessons 13-16 which covered the topics of greatest common factor, converting the denominator in fractions, and exponents. I assigned her homework to do and she is going to watch lessons 17-20 so we can go over the new material at our next session."
"First we reviewed the test the student had last week in algebra 2, in which he made a 79. We discussed strategies for checking work and for trying to get practice on different problems whenever possible. I will be able to provide additional problems as needed. We then reviewed the new material on probability and the binomial theorem. The most difficult part was correctly applying the theorem using either Pascal's triangle or the formula for combinations."
"The client and I reviewed Chi-Square tests and two-proportion Z-tests for his upcoming quiz. We went through a lot of practice problems in his textbook. We talked about which equations to use in each case. We also looked at the difference between Chi-Square Goodness-of-Fit tests and Chi-Square tests."
"The student has done an amazing job at improving his understanding and application of statistical equations and tests. Today we reviewed ANOVA tables, calculating residuals, calculation of least sum of squares, least square fit, what degrees of freedom mean and how to determine the number of degrees of freedom. We also discussed how to organize his homework assignment in a manner that would be easy for the professor to read and understand. Finally, we discussed the importance of sequential processes and showing equations and calculations sequentially when submitting his homework."
"The student started a unit on sequences and series. It took him a while to understand the sigma notation, especially the index, but he seemed to get it as we progressed; we should review that notation in a couple of lessons. Arithmetic and geometric sequences made sense to him as general concepts. We moved on to work on reducing rational expressions. He came up with several examples of rational expressions that could be reduced and some that could not. He feels confident about factoring, but I will check how much he's retaining and give him review problems if needed."
"Tonight we went over logarithms. I gave a quick lecture on log identities then had the student solve problems I created. Next, I lectured on log properties and had him solve more problems. Then I gave examples of how logarithms apply in real life and designed a problem for him to solve. He did well after each topic was covered."
"The student and I covered sections 12 and 13, specifically categorical vs. numerical data, and chi-squared tests. We also looked into the parts of a chi-squared test, such as expected values and residuals."
"The student and I covered polynomial long division for her test on Tuesday. We spent the entire time discussing the two methods for solving this type of question, and I provided a variety of sample problems. By the end of the session, she was confident and had additional practice questions to work on the next few days."
"Topics covered: -- AP test review (limits of continuity, relationships of functions and their derivatives) Progress Achieved: -- The student made an 82% on her last test. She said that was OK and that she missed some points due to improper formatting rather than lack of understanding. -- We discussed three AP questions and tips on how to approach the problems."
"We went over more free-response questions. She is doing well, averaging about 6-8 per question. Independent practice will boost her score, as reflected by her high score on the free-response section of her mock AP calculus test. We will now focus on the multiple-choice section, as she mentioned she would like to improve in this area. She understands the concepts of calculus, and we will focus on improving her execution."